No one invested more in war on terror than Pakistan: foreign minister
No one invested more in war on terror than Pakistan: foreign minister: No one has invested more in the war against terrorism than Pakistan, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said on Tuesday, in his first response to President Donald Trump’s new US policy on South Asia and Afghanistan.
Trump cleared the way for the deployment of thousands more US troops to Afghanistan Monday, backtracking from his promise to rapidly end America’s longest war, while pillorying ally Pakistan for offering safe haven to “agents of chaos.”
In an conversation, Foreign Minister said Trump has failed to acknowledge Pakistan’s sacrifices.
“Our contributions and sacrifices as an ally have not been acknowledged as they deserved to have been acknowledged,” the foreign minister said.
Asif further said that Pakistan’s contributions have been disregarded and disrespected by the US president, while the role of India was hailed, which is involved in state-sponsored terrorism.
“We held a cabinet meeting today and the contents of the speech were discussed,” said Asif.
“We have decided to give an interim response. A comprehensive response will come after a meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) on Thursday,” he said
The National Security Committee (NSC) meeting is scheduled to take place at 11am on Thursday.
The foreign minister said the issue will also be included in the agenda of the federal cabinet.
The threat of Taliban in Afghanistan is on the rise, Asif said. “We are willing to send Afghan refugees back to Afghanistan.”
“Our commitment towards war against terrorism is unmatched. We have more experience in eliminating terrorism than any other country,” he claimed.
The foreign minister, while praising the role of the armed forces said, “Pakistan’s Army contributions in the battle against terrorists are unparalleled.”
“We have fought the war using our own resources. We have sent the Afghan refugees back with our own money.”
Earlier in the day, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said that Pakistan’s commitment to fight against terrorism is for its own sake to emerge as an economic power in the region.
“There is neither any tolerance nor any safe haven for any terrorist in Pakistan. Pakistan has paid the highest price for (fighting) terrorism. So, we are fighting terrorism not for any country’s stake but for our own future and for our country’s sake,” the Interior Minister said, adding that the Pakistani government would be issuing a statement in response to US President Donald Trump’s realignment policy.
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